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Thread: I want to add patchwork to a tee shirt

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    Norah's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    I need ideas or web sites on how to add patchwork to a tee shirt. I would even like to cut it open and add buttons, a collar??? I can't seem to find any patterns on the net. Any ideas or suggestions?

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    Super Member Knot Sew's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    here is one for changing the look of a tee



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    Nov 2006
    Greendale Twp: Midland, MI
    Not knowing what you have in mind I am just going to jump in here with what comes to my mind.
    If it is a "block" you want to put on the front;
    I would make the pieced block.
    Next, I would use iron on interfacing the size of the block on the underside of the t-shirt.
    After pinning it in place (or maybe using a fusible), I would then quilt the block to the shirt. Maybe stitching in the ditch, or a 1/4" away from the seams in the block.
    Would love to know what you end up doing.
    I may try this on some sweat-shirts and tees to use for gifts.
    Could use a golf, hunting, fishing, etc. for the guys.
    Can you tell my mind is wandering?

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    So. California
    I've never put a quilt block onto a t-shirt, but I did put one on my favorite sweatshirt...after I dropped some lunch on the front & couldn't get the stain out! lol I had an extra block from a guild swap-a-block & just pinned it on & sewed around the edges. Even managed to get it straight some how! :D Of course, a sweatshirt does have more "body" to it, so I think a stabilizer would be needed for a tee. Then again, if you used fusible, like Steam-A-Seam2, that might be all the stabilization you would need, then just do a zig-zag around the outside.
    I've also been thinking (and YES, it did hurt!) about making a quilt out of all my stained tees - the "Stained Shirt" quilt! That's what happens when you're a Gemini & can't just do one thing at a time! lol And it usually happens at home - here at work I actually have a big flour-sack type dish towel that I clip around my neck when I eat lunch at my desk. :wink:

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